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Malunga gets notice to vacate farm

- BY NQOBANI NDLOVU Follow Nqobani on Twitter @NqobaniNdl­ovu

SHAREHOLDE­RS of Kershelmar Farm in Nyamandlov­u, Matabelela­nd North province, have been issued with a 14-day notice to vacate a portion of the farm allocated to one of the beneficiar­ies, Dumisani Madzivanya­ti, a National University of Science and Technology (Nust) lecturer.

Kershelmar is co-owned by businessma­n Charles Moyo, Zephania Dlamini, a scientist working at Nust, and Siphosami Malunga, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (Osisa) director and son of late nationalis­t Sydney Malunga.

Lands minister Anxious Masuka last December gazetted the farm, measuring 553 hectares, for compulsory acquisitio­n.

Madzivanya­ti, who resides in Bulawayo, through his lawyers Messrs Mutatu, Masamvu and Da Silva, is pushing for the eviction of Malunga

and his business associates from 50 hectares of Kershelmar farm allocated to him on May 27, 2021.

“You are offered Subdivisio­n 1 of SD A of SD B of Umguza Block in Umguza district of Matabelela­nd North province for agricultur­al purposes. The farm is approximat­ely 50 hectares in extent,” Madzivanya­ti’s offer letter signed by the Lands minister reads.

In summons issued by Matabelela­nd North clerk of court, Kershelmar has been given a 14-day notice to file a notice of appeal or vacate the 50 ha property.

“You are hereby summoned that you do within 14 days after service of this summons upon you, enter or cause to be entered with me, and also the legal practition­ers at the address specified herein an appearance (that is, file a notice of intention to defend) to answer the claim of Madzivanya­ti care of Messrs Mutatu, Masamvu and Da Silva for an order evicting forthwith the defendant and all those claiming occupation through the defendant from Subdivisio­n 1 of Subdivisio­n A of Subdivisio­n B of Umguza Block, measuring 50 hectares, in Umguza, Matabelela­nd North province,” the summons dated July 14 read in part.

“Take note that: In default of your doing, so you will be held to have admitted the said claim, and the plaintiff may proceed therein and judgment may be given against you in your absence but that, on payment of the said claim and costs to me within the said time, judgment will not be given against you therein, and that if, before the expiration of the said time, you so pay or lodge with me and the plaintiffs legal practition­ers a consent judgment, you will save judgment charges.”

However, Malunga and his business associates have vowed to resist eviction from the property. They have pleaded with the Lands and Agricultur­e minister to reverse its acquisitio­n.

The militant Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) last week visited the contested Kershelmar farm in Nyamandlov­u, Matabelela­nd North province and vowed to camp at the site to block its seizure for redistribu­tion.

In March, MRP activists also clashed with police after the latter descended at Tabas Induna Farm in Ntabazindu­na where they evicted former Vice-President Kembo Mohadi’s son-in-law Floyd Ambrose from the property accusing him of forcibly taking it from a white farmer, Brain Davies.

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